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Gov. Reynolds releases statement on COVID-19 public service announcement

This news story was published on June 3, 2021.
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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today, the Auditor released a report on a special investigation of the “Step Up, Stop the Spread” public service announcement campaign that occurred in November 2020, the height of the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), or COVID-19, Pandemic in Iowa. The campaign was designed to raise public awareness in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m proud of the Step Up, Stop the Spread” public service announcement,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I felt it was important for me and other leaders to address Iowans during the height of the pandemic. And the law clearly allows it.”

In his report, the Auditor claims the Governor mishandled CARES Act dollars by using those funds for video advertisements containing the likeness, voice, or name of the Governor in violation of Iowa Code section 68A.405A.

That statute reads, in part:
“Except as provided in sections 29C.3 and 29C.6, a statewide elected official or member of the general assembly shall not permit the expenditure of public moneys under the control of the statewide elected official or member of the general assembly, including but not limited to…”

The auditor’s report ignores the opening clause: “Except as provided in sections 29C.3 and 29C.6.” That is a significant error, as 29C.6 relates to the powers and authority of the Governor during a public health disaster emergency.

The Step Up, Stop the Spread campaign promoted social distancing and mask-wearing in November 2020, which was the peak of positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. Hospitals and health care facilities were filling with patients being treated for COVID-19. And significantly, the Governor’s Public Health Proclamation of Disaster Emergency mandated (in certain situations) mask-wearing and required social distancing.

Promoting the requirements and recommendations of a disaster proclamation in a public awareness campaign is a clear example of the public-emergency exemption in Iowa’s image-and-likeness statute. And in case of any confusion, Section 29C.6(10)–which, again, is specifically mentioned in section 68A.405A– provides for the use of “all available resources of the state government as reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster emergency and of each political subdivision of the state.”

“Auditor Sand didn’t once ask to meet with our team regarding his concern or his investigation. If he had, we would have pointed him to this essential part of the law that he clearly missed,” said Chief of Staff Sara Craig.

Any competent reading of the plain language of state code would have acknowledged the role of the Governor in promoting an emergency order. Neither the Governor’s Office nor the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board were consulted prior to the issuance of Auditor Sand’s report. If that had happened, anyone within those offices could have directed the Auditor to the plain language of Iowa’s image-and-likeness statute and pointed out that, during a disaster emergency, the Governor may address Iowans in a public service announcement.

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27 Responses to Gov. Reynolds releases statement on COVID-19 public service announcement

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 5, 2021 at 2:12 am

    all you trupsters with your nose still buried, get ready the coolaide is being mixed up right now

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Reporters are generally garbage and we should devote ourselves to destroying the mainstream media. The media is such a pompous, inept target that one can’t resist mocking it. It’s just how bad they all are at their not-that-difficult job. They don’t report the news – they transcribe Democrat press releases. The media is a simmering cesspool.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Looks like a lot of high ranking public servants ended up with carmel on their balls.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 6, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      and a lot of chronic complainers on this site got to eat some crow.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 4, 2021 at 8:49 am

    The marxists democraps only read into situations that make them out as the good guy – Lieing – and cheating and stealing to meet their goal is accepted a s most everyone knows their corrupt – Obama was a HOAX – Obiden is a HOAX -Covid was their cause and n he future you will most likely see the dnc and china who were scared to death of Trump were in a western style cahoot.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    This article was clearly written by Governor Reynolds’ staff as it doesn’t present Sand’s reasoning behind his action. Reynolds was a covid denier until she figured out she might be able to benefit politically from it. She appeared in the ads to promote herself.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 4, 2021 at 5:50 am

      None on the Right have denied COVID. Pedo Joe the puppet was the one that started that lie. I know you won’t believe me, how about YOUR news source, CNN? The following is a CNN FACT CHECK.

      Washington, DC (CNN)-During his campaign’s highest week of ad spending, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted out an ad Tuesday(Sept. 15) attacking President Donald Trump for comments he has made over the pandemic. Specifically, the ad suggests that Trump has called the virus a hoax.

      The 25-second ad begins with a clip of Trump at a campaign rally on February 28 in South Carolina. The ad plays a quick clip of Trump saying “the coronavirus” then it cuts to him saying “and this is their new hoax.” Text on the ad reads, “Trump in public: ‘Hoax.'”
      Facts First: This is a misleading attempt to suggest that Trump specifically called the coronavirus a hoax. While Trump’s comments were a bit confusing, Biden’s ad leaves out important context and dishonestly edits the two soundbites together.

      A full 56 seconds pass between the two clips the campaign ad edited together.

      • HOLN1 Reply Report comment

        June 4, 2021 at 9:53 am

        who are the people denying covid then and who would they have voted for in the last election ? You can’t really be proud of the last president’s response to Covid can you ?
        THe vaccine part ended up really well, but holy heck the rest wasn’t so good. Downplayed it , No DPA really employed , letting the states figure out or not figure out things by themselves , PPE ? , injecting Clorox , ignoring the prior’s administration’s book on pandemics , ignoring medical authorities recomendations , it will go away when Spring returns … etc. He did close down travel early on which many say didn’t help , but I think it would have had to help. And yes it is very easy to get the wrong idea when the previous president did speak

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 6, 2021 at 1:45 pm

          Look at the 180 degree Pinocchio, I mean Fauci, has been doing lately. Almost EVERYTHING Trump said is now right, OOPS. The media and the Democrats rely on the masses not remembering this, look it up.

          You brought up injecting bleach.
          Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the corona virus pandemic,”And when it comes to COVID-19, after months of doing nothing, other than predicting the virus would disappear, or maybe if you drank bleach you may be okay, Trump has simply given up,” said Biden, who delivered his remarks at a metal works factory near his hometown of Scranton on Thursday( July 9, 2020).

          Joe Biden said President Donald Trump told Americans that drinking bleach could help combat the coronavirus, but that’s not correct.

          Trump did not explicitly recommend ingesting a disinfectant like bleach. But he did express interest in exploring whether disinfectants could be applied to the site of a coronavirus infection inside the body, such as the lungs.

          This is a FACT CHECK by the leftist POLITIFACT

          You say he down played it. Yes, he did. So Hospitals and emergency responders would have them. Some one had to get viral masks (n-95) replenished and start to get things like this made here in the US again, so we were not being held hostage by CHINA. The Obama administration and his task force didn’t refill the “national emergency” reserve stockpiles, how long did they have?
          COMMON SENSE, oh yeah, dealing with Democrats.

          • holn1

            June 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

            who are the people denying covid then and who would they have voted for in the last election ?

            P.S Joe is not a pedo . As long as you are fact checking

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 4, 2021 at 5:28 pm

        I don’t watch CNN often and probably a whole lot less than you spend watching Tucker and Sean entertain the masses. The article was about Kim Reynolds and her pandering to her political future. Trump did a terrible job dealing with the virus and tried to turn his ineptitude on the Chinese people and look where that got us. True, he never called the virus a hoax, but he said the seriousness of it was minimal and that the Democrats were using it to make him look bad. The Democrats didn’t need to do that because the thinking Americans already were thinking his presidency was a bad idea. He was the only President of the United States to never have a positive approval rating during his term in office.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 4, 2021 at 7:48 pm

          And yet he accomplished more than most of his predecessors

          • Anonymous

            June 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

            yup but it was all bad

          • Anonymous

            June 5, 2021 at 7:39 pm

            must be a commie, if you dislike low unemployment, cheap gas, better wages , lower taxes etc.etc

          • Anonymous

            June 5, 2021 at 9:37 pm

            no just like selling soybeans for $16 instead of $7

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 6, 2021 at 2:12 pm

          “The Democrats didn’t need to do that because the thinking Americans already were thinking his presidency was a bad idea. ”

          “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
          This was done by big tech and the media, for the Democratic party, starting a little before Trump announced he was running for office.
          They, even now keep it up. They are terrified of him. So are the RINOs, and they should be.

          In your statement the “thinking Americans” are the brainwashed masses, I happen to think for myself. I think Trump is a loudmouth and a bully, but still better than anybody the Communist party, sorry, Democrat party can put up presently.

          • Anonymous

            June 7, 2021 at 7:39 am

            “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes truth” was trump’s go-to mantra. He lied constantly even when he knew that the lie could be proven false because he had already sown the biggest lie that any negative news about him and his administration were “fake news”. His followers ate that up and devotedly kept that thought foremost in their minds. Now, we have a portion of our society (around 30%) who get their facts from him rather than from reliable, trustworthy sources. They instead rely on highly partisan sources who promote causes that continue to divide our country.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Hanlon’s razor states that one should “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,” but Democrats are THAT stupid?

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2021 at 8:53 am

    There are some pretty dense bulbs in the Democratic caucus.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Democrats are by and large comic book-level evil people, so it should be no surprise to find evil intent behind what they do.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 3, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Barack Obama and Melinda Gates paid Wuhan China 33 million dollars to come up with a virus in 2014 he came on television a few months later and said within five to 10 years there would be a virus and a pandemic that would overcome the world. They should be held accountable and charged for mass murder.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 4, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for the laugh. By the way, we are not laughing with you, we are laughing at you

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Never happen, as long as Big Tech and Mainstream Media keep sucking for them.